5 Quiet Escapes around Houston

Dated: August 17 2020

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The Houston metroplex is home to approximately 7 million people. Encompassing nine different counties, the Greater Houston area is the fifth-most populous metropolitan area in the United States, and still growing. With so many people, it might seem like a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle would be impossible to find, especially close to home. But the truth is that there are several relaxing places to visit, tucked into corners of the city and adjacent Houston neighborhoods. Here are five escapes around Houston for when you need to take a break from the busyness of city life while remaining within the city limits.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a peaceful place that is just a 20-minute drive west from downtown Houston. The 155-acre urban nature sanctuary is home to native animals, from owls and opossums to hummingbirds and hares, as well as native plants like Texas Mountain Laurel and Swamp Cyrilla. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is a calming spot, with guidelines that ask visitors to refrain from making loud noises while on the grounds. Bonus: there are over five miles of beautiful nature trails, making it a great place to walk or jog if you want to add to the birding opportunities and casual nature observation.

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Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary in West Houston is another nature preserve that is perfect for birding and wildlife observation—it is the location of the Houston Audubon Society headquarters. A pleasant place for nature walks, the 17.5-acre park is home to many types of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as native trees. Wooden benches are spread throughout the quiet park, making Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary an excellent place to read or even meditate. 

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Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden is one of the most tranquil places in Houston. Located in the Hermann Park, it is a hidden gem of a garden. The Japanese Garden is overflowing with flowering cherry trees, crepe myrtle trees and gingko trees, as well as Japanese camellias, azaleas, wisteria, bamboo, and other stunningly beautiful plants. There are also calming water features including a waterfall multiple ponds that are home to goldfish. It is remarkably quiet, especially on most mornings, so the Japanese Garden is a perfect getaway in the city.

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The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection, located in the Montrose area of Houston, is bright art campus that is gratifyingly serene. The Menil Collection is famous for the surrealist artwork housed there, but there is also a variety of other artifacts on exhibit, including things like masks and paintings. It presents exhibits of sculptures and paintings that are unexpectedly extraordinary as they range from odd and unconventional to obscure and unfamiliar; the Menil Collection offers a surprisingly soothing experience.

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Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden

The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, the one-acre outdoor space of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is a relaxed refuge of art and nature. It features works of sculpture created by famed artists including Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Auguste Rodin, and others; it also has on exhibit sculptures created by Texas sculpture artists. The Cullen Sculpture Garden is a modernist style of garden with concrete walls of different heights and plantings of native trees, bamboo, and flowering crepe myrtle. A lovely place to walk amongst and consider sculpture, is another easily accessible retreat for Houstonites.

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We hope you go out an experience these 5 quiet escapes around Houston. WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Wayne Murray Properties is a real estate company that serves the greater Houston area. The experienced realtor team is available to shine a light on what Houston and the surrounding area has to offer, and to assist those in the market for a new home. Contact the real estate experts at WEICHERT, REALTORS® – Wayne Murray Properties.

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